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TomTom Traffic Index: Sydney is Still Australia’s Most Traffic Congested City

Announcement posted by TomTom Australia 29 Jan 2020

TomTom Traffic Index: Sydney is Still Australia’s Most Traffic Congested City

Actual Sydney congestion decreased by 1% from previous year

 

Sydney, January 29, 2020 – Location technology specialist, TomTom (TOM2), today released the results of its TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 416 cities, and 57 countries around the world in 2019. Sydney took the top spot in Australia as the most congested city with drivers expecting to spend an average of 33% extra travel time stuck in traffic, an improvement of 1% compared to the previous year result of 34%. This works out to be an additional 10 minutes for a 30 minute trip. Melbourne takes the 2nd place with a congestion level of 30%, followed by Brisbane (25%), Adelaide (24%), Gold Coast (24%), Hobart (23%), Perth (20%), Newcastle (20%), Canberra (17%) and Wollongong (13%).

 

Globally, Bengaluru takes the top spot with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 71% extra travel time stuck in traffic. Next in the global rankings are Manila, in the Philippines (71%), and Bogota in Colombia (68%) topping out the list of the three most congested cities in the world (See attached global ranking table for more detail).

 

Key findings:

·              Globally Sydney is the only city in Australia which made it to the top 100 most congested cities, ranked 86th.

·              Sydney and Canberra both have a 1% decline in traffic congestion from previous year to 33% and 17% respectively.

·              Results show an increase in traffic congestion in 4 out of the 10 cities measured in Australia, with Hobart having the biggest increase of 2% from the previous year.  Melbourne, Adelaide and the Gold Coast all had an increase in their traffic congestion by 1%.    

·              Commuters experienced the same peak hours in Sydney and Melbourne – between 7am-8am and 5pm-6pm are the worst times to be on the road. Sydneysiders experienced up to 67% more travel time on a Tuesday morning, and 63% extra travel time stuck in traffic on a Thursday afternoon.  This is an addition of 20 minutes for a 30 minute trip.

·              On average, Sydneysiders experienced an average of 63% extra travel time during the morning rush, and a 58% extra travel time during the evening rush. This level of congestion is worse than a commuter would experience on average in New Delhi (56%) and Jakarta (53%). 

·              Average congestion in Sydney and Melbourne are both higher than the global average congestion level of 29%.

 

Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and the 239 cities (57%) TomTom included in the new Traffic Index report had increased congestion levels between 2018 and 2019, with only 63 cities (15%) showing measurable decreases.

 

Phil Allen, TomTom’s VP Sales Asia Pacific, said: “Globally, there’s a long road to travel until congestion levels are brought under control. In time, the rise of autonomous vehicles and car-sharing services will help alleviate congestion, but planners and policymakers can’t afford to sit and wait. They need to use all the tools available to them to analyse traffic levels and impacts, so they can make critical infrastructure decisions. And drivers have a role to play too. Small changes in driving behaviours can make a huge difference.”

 

Analyzing real-time incidents and congestion to predict traffic before it happens, TomTom’s Real-Time Traffic make TomTom navigation software more accurate with enhanced route calculations and accurate estimated times of arrival (ETA). That’s why TomTom is the market leader, with its traffic technology in millions of cars on the road around the world. TomTom Traffic knows the road ahead, saving time, fuel and stress for drivers, fleet and logistics providers, on-demand services (ride hailing, food delivery), and traffic management services.

 

And the location technology specialist’s work on the future of driving – from high definition maps for autonomous vehicles, to efficient electric vehicle routing and charging – means that car makers, technology companies, road authorities and governments already have the tools to make the roads less congested.

 

People can find out more about the TomTom Traffic Index, and discover where their home city ranks at tomtom.com/TrafficIndex. There’s also helpful advice on beating traffic congestion.

 

How do you beat traffic congestion?

Next time you are heading into traffic, consider these helpful tips:

1. Plan before you go. Taking a few moments before heading out the door to inform yourself on the road conditions on the way to your destination will help you consider your alternatives and decide on the best course of action.

2. Trust technology to help you. It may be uncomfortable to take the road less traveled simply because your satnav suggests it’s the fastest one. Often, if you cannot see that a road is indeed congested, it is hard to believe it. Dare to take the alternative route offered by up-to-date navigation, because it is basing its recommendation on real-time traffic conditions on the route you are taking.

3. Change your driving habits. Most often, traffic will peak at certain times of the day, depending on location. This is clear in each of the city pages in the TomTom Traffic Index report, where we provide the average congestion level for each hour of each day of the week. Use the information available to adjust your departure time accordingly. Leaving early or late from a location might mean avoiding time spent in traffic on the road.

4. Consider alternatives. Does your trip have to be made by car? If your planned activity is time-sensitive and you cannot change your departure times, consider ride-sharing, public transport or non-motorized options such as cycling or scooters.

5. Work with your city. Ultimately, improving mobility in our cities is a collaborative effort. Together, city authorities, vehicle manufacturers, traffic signal system providers, parking facilities, traffic information providers, shared mobility providers, startups and, most importantly, the public, are experimenting and transforming cities worldwide. Inform yourself of the initiatives taking place in your area and how you can benefit from them.

Ranking of the most congested cities Globally * (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time):

1

Bengaluru, India

71%

6

Moscow, Russia

59%

2

Manila, Philippines

71%

7

Lima, Peru

57%

3

Bogota, Colombia

68%

8

New Delhi, India

56%

4

Mumbai, India

65%

9

Istanbul, Turkey

55%

5

Pune, India

59%

10

Jakarta, Indonesia

53%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Australia (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – all population sizes):

1

Sydney

33%

6

Hobart

23%

2

Melbourne

30%

7

Perth

20%

3

Brisbane

25%

8

Newcastle

20%

4

Adelaide

24%

9

Canberra

17%

5

Gold Coast

24%

10

 Wollongong

13%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in New Zealand (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – all population sizes):

1

Auckland

31%

4

Christchurch

21%

2

Wellington

28%

5

Tauranga

20%

3

Hamilton

25%

6

Dunedin

20%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Asia * (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time):

1

Bengaluru, India

71%

6

Jakarta, Indonesia

53%

2

Manila, Philippines

71%

7

Bangkok, Thailand

53%

3

Mumbai, India

65%

8

Tel Aviv, Israel

46%

4

Pune, India

59%

9

Tokyo, Japan

42%

5

New Delhi, India

56%

10

Chongqing, China

41%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in United States of America* (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time):

1

Los Angeles, USA

42%

6

Miami, USA

31%

2

New York, USA

37%

7

Washington, USA

29%

3

San Francisco, USA

36%

8

Chicago, USA

28%

4

San Jose, USA

33%

9

Honolulu, USA

28%

5

Seattle, USA

31%

10

Austin, USA

27%

 


 

Ranking of the most congested cities in South America* (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time):

1

Bogota, Colombia

68%

6

Santiago, Chile

44%

2

Lima, Peru

57%

7

Salvador, Brazil

43%

3

Recife, Brazil

50%

8

Fortaleza, Brazil

37%

4

Rio De Janeiro

46%

9

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

35%

5

 Sao Paolo

45%

10

Porto Alegre, Brazil

35%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Europe* (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time):

1

Moscow, Russia

59%

6

Dublin, Ireland

48%

2

Istanbul, Turkey

55%

7

Odessa, Ukraine

47%

3

Kiev, Ukraine

53%

8

Novosibirsk, Russia

45%

4

Bucharest, Romania

52%

9

Samara, Russia

44%

5

Saint Petersburg

49%

10

Kharkiv, Ukraine

43%

 

Ranking of the most congested cities in Africa (Overall daily congestion level – extra travel time – all population sizes):

1

Cairo, Egypt

40%

6

Durban, S. Africa

19%

2

Cape Town, S. Africa

32%

7

Bloemfontein, S. Africa

13%

3

Johannesburg, S. Africa

30%

 

 

 

4

Pretoria, S. Africa

25%

 

 

 

5

East London, S. Africa

22%

 

 

 

 

*of cities with a population of more than 800,000
Cities with the equivalent percentages to another’s are ranked with numbers after decimal points

ENDS

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